Following our summer break, we started back up with a panel at the Decatur Book Festival called Creating Jane’s Creations: Jane Austen’s novels have been rediscovered and reinterpreted by every generation of readers in the two hundred years since the her death in 1817. In “The Making of Jane Austen,” Devoney Looser features some of the earliest artists, actors, and activists who fostered Austen’s fame. Dr. Looser and her fellow panelists will explore why Austen and her works continue to engage contemporary readers and inspire today’s artists. Moderated by Kristen Miller Zohn, Coordinator ofJane Austen Society of America’s Georgia Region, the panel will also include playwright Tara Raczenski, who recently adapted “Persuasion “for the stage, and Soniah Kamal, author of the forthcoming “Marriage Material: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan.”
We held our annual Box Hill Picnic at Callaway Gardens in the Butterfly Pavilion. The real Box Hill, in England, is renown for its diversity of butterfly species.
In May, we received a bonnet making workshop from our friends at the Atlanta Time Traveling Group!
In April 2017, we were honored to host the JASNA Traveling Lecturer, Peter Sabor, from Montreal Canada. We met at the Emory University Rose Library, where Dr. Sabor spoke to us on Emma and the Common Reader. Dr. Sabor shared contemporary readers’ reactions to Emma after its publication, as were archived via letters and journals.
In March, we were invited to join the English Country Dance group at the Decatur Recreation Center for an introductory lesson to English Country Dance. It was really fun!
For February, we read and then discussed Jane Austen’s Letters as annotated by Diedre Le Faye.
To start the new year, fellow Janeites, Nancy and Annette, led a discussion on Peerage and Pence, which included introductions to money of the day and some salaries/wages; marriage laws and marriage ceremony in general; and peerage titles.
We met at a tea house in historic Madison, Georgia in December to celebrate Jane Austen’s birthday. We took a walking tour of the historic neighborhood in Madison, which contains many homes contemporary to Jane Austen’s life.
In November 2016, we met in Columbus, Georgia, at the Carson McCullers Center for Writers to hear from JASNA National President Claire Bellanti. We were very fortunate to have her travel from California to meet with us and speak on circulating libraries in the time of Jane Austen.
We met in October 2016 to discuss the JASNA Annual General Meeting that was held in Washington, D.C.